BY MICHAEL LEESE
No.13 LSU (3-2/7-2) AT No.1 ALABAMA (5-0/8-0) The Tigers enter this game with two conference losses, not what they envisioned when the season started. A win here could knock roll the Tide’s f national title hopes. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has had a very good year to this point, throwing for 2,492 yards and 19 touchdowns. His two favorite targets, Odell Beckham and James Landry have 16 TDs, and Jeremy Hill has provided 922 rushing yards to balance the offense.
Alabama has not been tested since a 49-42 week two win at Texas A&M. Since that game, the Tide has given up a total of 26 points in six games! That smothering defense, should give LSU and Mr. Mettenberger fits. Meanwhile, the Tide offense has gotten better each week, as A. J. McCarron and company don’t make mistakes. Can LSU go on the road and win at Alabama? Until someone beats the Crimson Tide, I won’t pick against them. ROLL TIDE 27-20
HOUSTON (4-0/7-1) AT No.21 CENTRAL FLORIDA (3-0/6-1) The winner of this game will take the lead in the Amercian Athletic Conference race for a BCS bowl bid. In Houston, Freshman quarterback John O’Korn has taken over the controls of this offense and has shined. O’Korn has hit 65-percent of his tosses for 2,121 yards and 24 touchdowns. Deontay Greenberry has been the go to receiver, hauling in 62 passes for 948 yards and nine scores. The Cougars have an opportunistic defense that leads the nation with 29 takeaways!
Central Florida counters with Quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson. Bortles has been super efficient completing 67-percent of his throws. Head coach George O’Leary has what could be his best team in his 10 years at UCF. The Knights already own two big victories at Penn State and conference pre-season favorite Louisville, and coming off of a bye week, I think they will be focused. Knights slay the Cougars 33-21
No.16 FRESNO STATE (5-0/8-0) AT WYOMING (2-2/4-4) Fresno continues their march to be this year’s BCS buster. Derek Carr is the catalyst for the Bulldog offense and he has been amazing. Nationally, he is second in touchdown passes with 28 and third in passing yards with 3,061. Wyoming is led by underrated quarterback Brett Smith. Smith has thrown for 2,367 yards and 19 scores. Shaun Wick provides balance for the Cowboys offense with 776 yards on the ground, and nine touchdowns, with a whopping 7.0 yards per carry average! The way to beat the Bulldogs is to use a balanced offense and put pressure on Derek Carr. A huge anticipated home crowd will provide extra incentive for a hungry Cowboy bunch. Forty degree weather will also hamper the boys from California. BCS dreams BUSTED BY COWBOYS! COWBOYS LASSO THE BULLDOGS IN MY UPSET SPECIAL 41-37.
OTHER BIG GAMES
VIRGINIA TECH (3-2/6-3) AT No.11 MIAMI, (FLA) (3-1/7-1) The Hurricanes saw their unbeaten season come to a stormy end last weekend at Florida State, while The Hokies have been upset twice in a row, losing to Duke and Boston College. This game has significant impact on the Coastal Division, with the winner likely facing Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. A win here by the Hokies would save their season, but the problem is they won’t get it! Hurricanes 23-Hokies 16.
No.19 UCLA (3-2/6-2) at ARIZONA (3-2/6-2) Big battle in the PAC-12 South. The loser of this game will be eliminated from title contention, while the winner will likely play Arizona State for the division crown. Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey has 1,072 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He tips the scale here, as WILDCATS ROAR 38-33.
KANSAS STATE (2-3/4-4) AT No.25 TEXAS TECH (4-2/7-2) These Wildcats have won two in a row and are getting consistent quarterback play from both Jake Waters and Daniel Sams. They are also getting back key injured players, including receiver Tyler Lockett. I look for the Wildcats to be a big player going down the stretch in BIG-12 play. They get the upset this weekend in Lubbock, as the Red Raiders fall for the third time in-a-row. WILDCATS WIN SHOOTOUT 46-41.